July 1, 2008
Head track and field coaches Jeanette Bolden and Art Venegas have named pole vault coach Anthony Curran the overall jumps coach for both the men's and women's track and field programs. Curran has been the vault coach for the past 25 seasons and will now oversee all of UCLA's jumpers. A volunteer coach will be hired in the near future to assist Curran with the jumpers.
Curran is taking over for Mike Powell who was with the UCLA jumpers for the past three seasons and decided to step away from collegiate track and field to become more involved with the IAAF.
"It has been a lifelong goal for me to take over the jumps program at such a great university like UCLA," said Curran. "I have such a great group of kids to work with and that makes it even more exciting.
This past season, Curran helped coach the men's jumpers and had two athletes qualify and compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championships - Jonathan Clark in the triple jump and Taylor Hobson in the high jump. The Bruins had five NCAA regional qualifying marks in the jumps group behind Curran's coaching help. Curran also coached five men and four women to West Regional qualifiers in the pole vault. Two of his athletes, Ingrid Kantola and Bobby Talley won Pac-10 vault titles in 2008. He had two vaulters compete at the NCAA Indoor Championships and earn All-American honors, and in outdoor track, had five athletes compete at the NCAA meet with two earning All-American honors.
"I am excited to have Anthony be the overall jumps coach for both the men's and women's programs," said Bolden. "Anthony is an excellent choice. He has been at UCLA for over 25 years and brings the experience of being a student-athlete at UCLA and nationally prominent vault coach to the position. He's very passionate about producing champions on both the women's and men's teams. He's very dedicated and detail-oriented and we feel he is the right fit for the job".
"After Coach Powell's decision to become more involved with the IAAF and step aside from collegiate track, we feel very fortunate that Anthony has agreed to take on the full duties of the jumps coach," said Venegas. "His abilities have been proven over the years repeatedly as he is one of the premier vault coaches in America. His interest in helping us as our full-time coach will be a great benefit to the athletes in our program."
Bolden has also announced the permanent hiring of volunteer coach and Bruin alumna Jessica Cosby as the women's throws coach. Cosby has served in a volunteer capacity for the last two years in the same position.
This past season, Cosby coached Tara Ross to a lifetime-best and regional qualifier of 162-9 in the javelin. Cosby is also still competing and is one of the top women's hammer throwers in the country.
"I'm happy to announce the full-time hiring of Jessica as our women's throws coach," added Bolden. "She has done a fantastic job with our women's throwers and will now expand upon her duties with recruiting and overseeing team travel."
"I feel extremely pleased that the Coach Bolden is promoting Jessica to full-time status," said Venegas. "I believe she will do a fantastic job in maintaining the Bruin tradition in the throws. As a coach, there is no greater thrill then seeing one of your former athletes move up into the coaching ranks on a full-time basis. The same qualities she displayed as an athlete and as a volunteer coach will serve her very well in her full-time position."